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The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel: The Evolution of Global Health Diplomacy

25 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2011  

Allyn L. Taylor

Georgetown University Law Center

Ibadat S. Dhillon

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The May 2010 adoption of the World Health Organization Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel created a global architecture, including ethical norms and institutional and legal arrangements, to guide international cooperation and serve as a platform for continuing dialogue on the critical problem of health worker migration. Highlighting the contribution of non-binding instruments to global health governance, this article describes the Code negotiation process from its early stages to the formal adoption of the final text of the Code. Detailed are the vigorous negotiations amongst key stakeholders, including the active role of non-governmental organizations. The article emphasizes the importance of political leadership, appropriate sequencing, and support for capacity building of developing countries’ negotiating skills to successful global health negotiations. It also reflects on how the dynamics of the Code negotiation process evidence an evolution in global health negotiations amongst the WHO Secretariat, civil society, and WHO Member States.

Keywords: Global Health, world health organization, health personnel, recruitment, global health governance

JEL Classification: K32, K31, K39, K30

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Allyn L. and Dhillon, Ibadat S., The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel: The Evolution of Global Health Diplomacy (2011). Global Health Governance, Vol. V, No. 1, Fall 2011; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-140; Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1970315

Allyn L. Taylor (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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Ibadat S. Dhillon

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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